Ecuador: Mangrove Week events raise awareness for a threatened ecosystem

Cover photo: One of the winning photos: credit © Andrés Macas. This week we feature a update from our project partner in Conservation International Ecuador, Belén Vallejo, Communication Coordinator. Given the importance of mangroves for sustainable development and particularly for CI Ecuador’s work, July 26 — recently proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO as the new International Day for…

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Blue Carbon Project Zambezi Delta (Mozambique): Pre-Feasibility Assessment

More updates from our project partners in Mozambique: Silvestrum just finalised its pre-feasibility assessment for a blue carbon project in the Zambezi Delta, Mozambique. The assessment was commissioned by WWF Mozambique and formed part of the activities under the framework of the GEF Blue Forests program. Mozambique boasts the largest swaths of mangrove forests in…

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Getting the full picture

This is an update from our project partner in IUCN, Dorothee Herr. “For the last few months IUCN has focused on assessing the Small Scale Initiative’s (SSI) policy situation. While I was on maternity leave, fantastic colleagues have steadily researched and analysed the legal, policy, market and institutional conditions of Madagascar, Ecuador, Mozambique, Indonesia and…

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The Atlas of Ocean Wealth / The Nature Conservancy

The “Atlas of ocean wealth”, published in June 2016 by The Nature Conservancy, maps the benefices of all ocean ecosystems which provide vital resources; “from fish production to tourism, water purification to coastal protection”. This atlas illustrates all these services in order to develop and improve management, economics and financing of marine resources. Atlas of Ocean…

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Mangroves, sources of ecosystem services

A recent study undertaken in six pristine mangrove tidal creeks on Australian coastline has highlighted the possible link between mangroves forests and their roles to drive and buffer the coastal acidification. Are mangroves drivers or buffers of coastal acidification? According to the article, published in the Global Biogeochemical cycles last May 16 “the effect of the dissolved…

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Eelgrass Restoration and Habitat Improvement in Elkhart Slough

Coastal and marine ecosystems are under significant threat. Between 2-7% of the earth’s blue carbon sinks are lost annually, and if more action is not taken immediately to restore these vital ecosystems, most may be lost within 20 years. The benefits of seagrass go far beyond blue carbon sequestration and storage capabilities. Seagrasses provide essential…

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The state of Community Based Natural Resource Management in southern Africa: assessing progress and looking ahead.

This research describes the shift that has taken place since the 1990’s in the southern African development-conservation paradigm – from an approach that emphasized centralized management and wildlife protection, to one that better incorporates socio-economic development and promotes inclusive management and sustainable livelihood strategies. With this shift in thinking came the growth of conservation approaches…

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Mangroves generate yellow snappers

A recent study, published by Data Mares, highlights the vital ecosystem service that mangroves provide as productive fish nursery habitat, particularly for yellow snapper in the Gulf of California. Mangroves are snapper generators According to this study, “each year the Gulf’s mangroves exported about 67,000 yellow snapper juveniles, or 2,000 juveniles per km2 of mangrove fringe.”…

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Revised guide to supporting coastal wetland programs and projects using climate finance and other financial mechanisms

Coastal wetlands have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for over a century with the goal of preserving biodiversity and generating benefits to local communities. A diverse portfolio of financing sources has been used for supporting conservation and restoration activities including philanthropy, multi- and bilateral aid, in-country governmental funding, tourism-related and other usage…

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Revised guide to supporting coastal wetland programs and projects using climate finance and other financial mechanisms

  Coastal wetlands have been the focus of conservation and restoration efforts for over a century with the goal of preserving biodiversity and generating benefits to local communities. A diverse portfolio of financing sources has been used for supporting conservation and restoration activities including philanthropy, multi- and bilateral aid, in-country governmental funding, tourism-related and other…

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Hot and sweaty work……Installing RSETs in Madagascar!

Thanks to advice and support of Prof. Cath Lovelock, a member of the Blue Forests Carbon Science Advisory Panel, the Madagascar intervention recently installed the first mangrove Rod Surface Elevation Tables (RSETs) in Africa. We’re using RSETs to work out two key things: to identify the vulnerability of the mangroves at our northwest pilot site…

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Intervention site in Madagascar benefited from expert’s visit

Earlier this year, the Madagascar intervention site hosted none other than the famous Prof. J. Boone Kauffman, who’s also a member of the Blue Forests Carbon Science Advisory Panel. Boone visited us to help us refine our field protocols and provide advice on how we measure the amount of carbon lost from mangrove sediments following deforestation…

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News from Charles Darwin University: Assessment of GHG flux from degraded seagrass and mangrove ecosystems

Researchers from Charles Darwin University (CDU) are currently finalising field methodologies necessary to undertake a comparative assessment of Green House Gas (GHG) flux from degraded seagrass and mangrove ecosystems in Trang Province, Thailand. The research design involves utilising a photoacoustic gas monitor (an INNOVA 1412) capable of simultaneously measuring the concentration of 5 gases (plus…

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Blue Carbon at COP21

‘Blue carbon’ continues to herald nature-based solutions to climate change through recent recognition in policy and management and will be profiled at a number of events during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties in Paris, France 30 Nov – 11 Dec 2015 (COP 21). These are detailed through the following list…

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Newly Approved: Global Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration

A new methodology to encourage coastal restoration across the globe has been approved by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The Methodology for Tidal Wetland and Seagrass Restoration (VM0033) is the first globally applicable greenhouse gas accounting methodology for coastal wetland restoration, and will allow salt marsh, seagrass, mangrove, and other tidal wetland restoration projects to…

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